What are bird nostrils and nares?
Bird nostrils and nares are the same – they are nose holes. The more common word is nare.
Bird nares are openings or holes that enable a bird to breathe.
There are two holes – one on each side of a bird’s beak.
The beaks of birds are different sizes and shapes – long or short, small or large, straight or curved, and wide or thin. Therefore, the nares are in different places for different species of birds.
Some birds – especially parrots – have nares at the top of the beak.
Some birds – especially those with long beaks – have nares in the middle of the beak.
Some birds have feathers on their beak which hides the nares.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM